West Hempstead Middle School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

West Hempstead Middle School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week photo

West Hempstead Middle School students learned about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse by participating in an array of activities during national Red Ribbon Week.

The week kicked off with a schoolwide banner contest, in which every homeroom entered their original “positivity banner.” Members of the school’s PTSA judged the entries based on their creativity and how well their images and messages conveyed success, happiness and kindness. 

Continuing the week, students attended an “Alcoholism and Drug Dependence” assembly, where they learned about the dangers and effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. 

Members of West Hempstead High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club paid the middle schoolers a visit the next day to teach them about destructive decisions through a game of bingo. Every student received a bingo card containing a drug- or alcohol-related term in each box. Winners were awarded a red ribbon for having five correct answers line up. 

Additionally, students and staff were encouraged to tie orange ribbons on a “Be the Good” sign along the school’s fence. By tying the knot, they pledged to make healthy choices and avoid drugs. Closing out the week, they made this same pledge by signing a large banner in the cafeteria.